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Update: Charges Filed in 3-State Dog Fighting Raid as Dogs Receive Much-Needed Care

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 4:15pm
Update: Charges Filed in 3-State Dog Fighting Raid as Dogs Receive Much-Needed Care

In late March, the ASPCA played a critical role in a three-state dog fighting raid that resulted in the rescue of nearly 100 animals. A few weeks after this intricately coordinated effort to rescue dogs in Texas, Missouri and Kansas went off without a hitch, we’re able to update you on the dogs and the dog fighters.

The Victims

When we found these dogs, many were doomed to live their whole lives tethered by heavy chains—and on the day of the raid, many were left outside to suffer through a blizzard. Now, says ASPCA Vice President of Field Investigations and Response Tim Rickey, they’re living in an entirely different world.

When the dogs arrived at our temporary shelter, our veterinary professionals, led by the ASPCA’s Dr. Sarah Kirk, examined them quickly and thoroughly. Some dogs needed immediate care, while others require ongoing treatment which they are now receiving from ASPCA and local veterinarians.

An ASPCA behaviorist will be on the ground at the shelter throughout this operation, and while the dogs stay in our clean and spacious shelter, they will benefit from behavioral enrichment programs that incorporate toys, games and lots of fun interactions with people. The dogs will have regular access to one of several large exercise playpens, where they’ll get to play with our responders and burn off excess doggy energy.

“Every day,” Rickey says, “we’re focusing on taking care of these animals and providing the best environment that we can for them.”

The Suspects

The ASPCA continues to work to collect evidence and provide other support to law enforcement, working to ensure dog fighters pay for harming these animal victims. The charges are just starting to roll in:

Last week Pete Davis Jr. and Melvin L. Robinson, both of Kansas City, Kansas, were each charged in federal court with one count of transporting animals for participation in an animal fighting venture in interstate commerce. If convicted, they face up to five years in federal prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000.

“The case is not over yet—there’s still a lot of work to be done on the investigation side,” says Rickey, adding that he hopes to see more arrests in relation to this raid.

The ASPCA had been assisting the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies with the planning of this large-scale raid since November 2012. ASPCA Blood Sports Director Terry Mills provided his expertise to help these agencies maximize the operation’s impact. Our next steps: continuing to provide top-notch care for these animals and working with authorities to secure the right to place dogs in loving homes.

If you’ve given to the ASPCA recently, from the bottom of our hearts: thank you. This raid is an enormous undertaking and a huge commitment, but we are dedicated to being there for animal victims of cruelty whenever they need us. If you haven’t yet given lately, please consider doing so today. On behalf of animals across the country, thank you!

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Violet

The football fans should boo him off the field. They are the ones who have the real power to make him pay for the crimes he has committed. Only way he should be allowed to keep playing football is if he gives 50% of his pay to animal protection organizations.

BombSheDevil

His new dog Breed Concerns me... Here's the post I found.

Michael Vick's New Dog Is Bred To Fight!

"Michael Vick did something we didn't think was possible, or even legal, he bought a new dog.
What's worse is that his dog Angel is a Belgian Malinois, a breed that would be terrible for a convicted dog killer!

How do we know that breed of dog is bad for him?? Because a group that breeds them said so!!
The American Belgian Malinois Club and Rescue (ABMC), other than being concerned that Vick owns any dog at all, said that the breed could be really bad in the wrong hands.

The Belgian Malinois is often used by military and police forces, and could be a very dangerous dog if raised to fight. They think he should've gone with a breed a little less intense, like a labrador. The ABMC is going to respect his decision though, and they're more than happy to help him find a good dog trainer!

We really hope he's changed his life and now has nothing but love for pups, like he should!!"

http://perezhilton.com/teddyhilton/2013-03-06-michael-vick-new-dog-is-bred-to-be-a-fighter#.UWMklI6hCpo

Susan Canale

It is so sad to see that dog fighting is still going on..Michael Vick and his thugs should have been hung by the balls and tortured! Here he is playing in the NFL.....What a disgrace....lets get this issue handled...Put these people away!!

salonikki

I wouuld KILL the dog fighters set fire to the prison and let them burn to death in locked cells-and I'm NoT kidding! KARMA is a bitch!

Lanette

DITO to all the Michael Vick haters...............ADD ME!!!
He is BELOW the scum of the Earth!! He should of been set a HUGE example of, to show ALL of these kinds of inhumane A$$ W*#$%@!!'s
that it is NOT acceptable!! It is becasue of him, that dog fighting has gone even futher underground....I've been told it could be happening in a semi-truck going down the interstate now. He was even allowed to sell and keep the money of the property where his dogs were trained and were fighting.....WHAT GIVES.... He should of turned it over for rehabing those poor dogs!! He should of also been made to turn over evidence, information and locations of all the places where this is still being done and I'm sure he knows a lot!! WHY did they let him off so easy I'll never know and WHY did they allow him back in pro-football...WHAT is this saying to the younger generations???? DAMN --- this all makes me sick!!!

Jessica Daubendiek

I believe the charges they have agaisnt any person caught in the dog fighting ring deserves a harsher punishment than five years in prison. The amount the people have to pay in fines does not jusfied the amount of money it takes to take care of these dogs. Many of the dogs were knocking on deaths door, yet we spend money to rescue this animals while the people pretty much get a slap on the wrist. They should suffer unspeakale torture just as they have done to these helpeless animals. These animals are innocent and derseves justice. What is justice if we cannot enforce it? People in several third world countries enforce justice with torture (eye for an eye), yet people who harm other living things in the United States, such as animals get off with an insult to justice. I beieve people that harm animals should receive the same treatment they have done to the animals. For an example, since they were dog fighting, they should be thrown in a cage starving and cold no clothes and fight to the death just like the gladiators had to do. They should feel the pain they inflicted on this animals.

Marianne

Over 70 fighting Pitbull just found at a murder scene in Holbrook Idaho. The situation was so bad some Humane Society workers were in tears. Thanks to all who love and help animals.

materialman

People like this are almost sub-human. I hope they get jail for a long, long time. Society will be much better off as will all the dogs they won't mistreat.

Lisa

Thank you, ASPCA, for all of the work you do, especially on cases like these. Goid luck with rehabilitating and finding loving homes for these poor victims. And hopefully the states involved will give maximum sentencing to all involved in this vicious fighting ring.

Laura Villanueva

The ASPCA helps humanity advance a little more everyday. Thank you for always keeping animals in mind and safe.

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